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The British Medical Association and Hospital Outpatients
The British Medical Association has for some time held that reform of the outpatient department of hospitals is needed, as they are attended by a miscellaneous crowd of chronically ill patients whose complaints could be equally well treated by private physicians, and that these departments should be mainly used for consultation. At the recent annual meeting of the association this view was endorsed by the representative body, and a report of the council was adopted that no person, except in cases of emergency, should be accepted for treatment as an outpatient unless he brings a recommendation from a private physician, a provident or other dispensary, a public clinic or a public assistance medical officer. In a letter to the Times, Sir Ernest Graham Little (dermatologist and member of parliament for London University) has criticized this report. He points out that the voluntary hospitals
LONDON. JAMA. 1931;97(13):939-940. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730130043019